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Daniel B. O'Connell

Kelson Solutions LLC

Managing Director

Mr. O'Connell is currently the Managing Director of Kelson Solutions LLC. They provide fuel-neutral consulting services for alternate fueled vehicle fleets including in depth analysis for all forms of refueling/recharging infrastructure, and strategic product engineering direction for technology readiness/insertion.

Mr. O’Connell was previously the Director responsible for the global deployment of advanced technology vehicle fleet projects at General Motors. He led the deployment of the Chevrolet Electric Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCEV) Fleet. He led the FCEV “Project Driveway” and the Volt Extended Range Electric Vehicle (EREV) “Customer Advisory Board” vehicle fleet programs. He was responsible for all Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) and Electric Networked Vehicle (EN-V) vehicle platform demo fleets. He had responsibility for the US DoE Tech Val and the German CEP FCEV fleet programs. He was responsible for implementation of the Hydrogen Infrastructure plan for demo fleet deployments and designing/procuring/permitting/installing 12 hydrogen refueling stations as well as the >20 Electric Recharging Stations for the initial Volt Fleet deployment. He had responsibility for 8 vehicle repair/maintenance facilities around the globe. He had previously been responsible for Advanced Product Engineering including Advanced Manufacturing, Operations and Process, and held positions of leadership in: Research, Fuel Processing, Program Management, and System Development activity at the Fuel Cell Activities Center in Honeoye Falls, New York.

He began his career with General Motors in 1977 in the vehicle development group at the Cadillac Motor Car Division. He served the next 11 years in various engineering roles involved in development and calibration of numerous engine/vehicle programs for the Cadillac and Powertrain divisions.

From 1988 to 1996 he worked on International Engine Management Systems for Delphi Automotive Division in Rochester, New York. He worked with fuel system customers and spent extensive time in South America and Europe and was the lead on several “industry firsts” engine programs including the 20% and 100% Ethanol platforms for GM do Brasil.

Since 1996, Daniel has been working on fuel cell technology for General Motors. He has been responsible for leading areas of the development activities in many key programs including Department of Energy Methanol Fuel Cell System, Fuel Cell Transit Bus Application, Distributed Power Applications, and several Auto Show concept vehicles. He was also responsible for the Fuel Cell System utilized in the world’s first gasoline powered fuel cell vehicle demonstrated in 2001 as well as the Distributed Generation activity for Dow Chemical. He was Staff Engineer in charge of Advanced Product Engineering for the latest Fuel Cell Power Module for the Sequel and Equinox programs. 

Mr. O’Connell has earned AS, BS, and MS degrees and is a Doctorial Candidate working on his dissertation. He received the Excellence in Management award as the top graduate student in his class at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. He served on the Nazareth Alumni Board as well as the Management curriculum Advisory Board. He was the key technical contributor for the Weekly Reader fuel cell education program that won the SAE Environmental Excellence in Transportation award. He is a two time recipient of the Chairman’s Honors for the Dow Chemical and Project Driveway fuel cell projects. He has generated multiple patents and research disclosures during his career and has spoken at various Fuel Cell conferences/seminars.

Edward Himes

EGHimes Consulting LLC

Owner/ Directing Manager

Edward Himes is currently an independent engineering consultant with expertise in the area of powertrain systems design/development, energy conversion and power delivery, exhaust emissions control, vehicle/system integration, system level test, and product validation. He has held this position since March of 2013. Mr. Himes has over 27 years of experience in automotive embedded system architecture, control algorithm, and calibration development, with expert knowledge of gasoline engine control strategies and Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) operating fundamentals. He also possesses strong fundamental knowledge of Fuel Cell operating principles and control strategies, as well as PEM cell electrochemistry. His system expertise spans both advanced engineering and product application environments, with over 20 years of experience in functional and program management across ICE and Fuel Cell automotive powertrain systems engineering.

Mr. Himes was previously a Senior Engineering Manager for General Motors Fuel Cell Activities in Honeoye Falls, NY, from 2005 to 2013. In this capacity, he managed and led system development integration, calibration, test, validation, and vehicle application integration for the GM Fuel Cell System (FCS) products. Prior to GM Fuel Cells, Mr. Himes was employed at both GM and Delphi Automotive Systems from 1990 to 2005 where he held positions as a Senior Technologist, Senior Staff Development Engineer, Staff Engineering Manager, and Senior Project Engineer in the areas of advanced product development and production product application for Engine Management Systems (EMS). During this time, he also held International Service Personnel (ISP) assignments in both Asia Pacific where he was Chief Engineer of Small Engine EMS, and Europe where he led Advanced EMS Product Development for the European market. Mr. Himes started his career in 1986 as an Associate Engineer in the area of engine calibration with General Motors Cadillac Div. in Detroit, MI.

Mr. Himes received a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, and a Master of Engineering in Automotive Engineering from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. He is the co-author of 7 US patents in the area Gasoline and Fuel Cell engine management control processes, as well as a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) where he is the co-author of 2 publications in the area of automotive EMS.

David L. Wetter

David Wetter Consulting LLC


David Wetter Consulting LLC provides consulting services to the fuel cell and automotive battery industry on a global basis, as well as providing expert manufacturing consulting for process improvement. Dave was previously Chief Engineer at General Motors Research and Development where he was responsible for Process Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Manufacturing of Fuel Cell Systems, including the Stack and MEA and Volt Battery Systems at the Honeoye Falls Development facility. In that role Dave led the design and implementation of GM Fuel Cell Development Center in Honeoye Falls, NY. He also managed growth of the Process and Product Engineering organizations relative to preparing for production applications. Dave also worked as the Director of Cost Development where he had responsibility for developing, implementing and managing cost estimating and cost targets for GM Fuel Cell Systems. Dave has a MBA in Finance and a BS in Civil Engineering from South Dakota State University. Dave was responsible for multiple patents and technical publications during his time with GM.

Gary P. Stottler

Professional Engineer

Stottler Development LLC

Chief Engineer

Gary P. Stottler is a licensed Professional Engineer. His expertise is lead on technical projects focused on launching innovative new technology and improving current products through strategic development initiatives. He has more than 30 years of experience in automotive Engine and Fuel Cell systems controls development, testing, dealership relations, and field service support. He also led activities in hydrogen fuel and electric vehicle infrastructure deployment at public/private stations, businesses, and home locations. He has hands-on engine and vehicle testing and instrumentation development experience as well as direct management of engineers and scientists. His experience includes development, management, and execution of technical projects with government and private partners as well as extensive outreach and communication/messaging with media, partners, and customers. .

Gary holds a MSE degree in controls from Purdue University and a BSME from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a Design for Six Sigma Green Belt. Gary’s interests include automotive restoration and leadership development. He volunteers as a Board of Education member and as a FIRST Robotics team mentor. Gary lives with his family in Honeoye Falls, New York.

James V. McManis

Assembly Supervisor

Kelson Solutions LLC

Mr. McManis in currently Assembly Supervisor for Kelson Solutions LLC. He has extensive background n the automotive industry in the production vehicle maintenance and service as well as fabrication of prototype vehicles, systems, components, and assemblies. He is an enthusiastic, self-motivated, professional with outstanding team leadership skills. His is effective working as a team or independently, capable of handling multiple tasks with minimal direction, and succeeding in a very dynamic work environment. He exhibits exceptional pride in craftsmanship, quality of work product, and on-time delivery. Extensive knowledge of all automotive technologies (ICE, FCEV, Hybrid, BEV, EREV, CNG).

Jim was previously the Lead Fuel Cell vehicle technician and engineering/troubleshooting support for Honeoye Falls location. He was the lead garage consultant for global Fuel Cell service centers (8). He handled all prototype vehicle design installations and evaluations, retrofitting vehicles, verification testing, and data analysis of global vehicles in the program. Installed, operated and maintained multiple manufacturers Hydrogen re-fueling stations. He is also an expert in Chevy Volt electric vehicle operation, service, retrofit, and repair. He maintained and operated vehicle service areas including, scheduling and performing vehicle service, acquisition of tools and supplies, software updates, data acquisition/tabulation/analysis on global scale, service area maintenance per vehicle specifications. He has worked extensively with customers, suppliers, partners, municipalities, DoE, and other key stakeholders.

Jim holds multiple patents, was a Chairman's Honor award winner, and is a graduate of Alfred State College.